Hanami 2018 Tokyo and Osaka

Hanami is the long-held Japanese tradition of celebrating the arrival of Cherry Blossoms and with it, spring, while appreciating the temporal, transient nature of flowers.  This week, I was blessed to be in Japan for the fleeting 2018 season. Ueno Park in Tokyo was all set for Hanami  even early in the morning, with the path…

9 Hours in Osaka

Arashiyama! Immediately, it was on top of my wish list as soon as I found out I was going to tag along in Osaka.  Yay! 🙂 I had missed it on prior trips so I got excited to do something new. But as this particular trip unfolded, the beloved expressed more than three times that…